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What causes medication administration errors in a mental health hospital? A qualitative study with nursing staff.

Keers RN, Plácido M, Bennett K, Clayton K, Brown P, Ashcroft DM. What causes medication administration errors in a mental health hospital? A qualitative study with nursing staff. PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0206233. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0206233

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January 23, 2019
Keers RN, Plácido M, Bennett K, et al. PloS One. 2018;13(10):e0206233.

This interview study used a human factors method, the critical incident technique, to identify underlying factors in medication administration errors in a mental health inpatient facility. The team identified multiple interconnected vulnerabilities, including inadequate staffing, interruptions, and communication challenges. The findings underscore the persistence of widely documented medication safety administration concerns.

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Keers RN, Plácido M, Bennett K, Clayton K, Brown P, Ashcroft DM. What causes medication administration errors in a mental health hospital? A qualitative study with nursing staff. PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0206233. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0206233